(Credit: John Leake/RetroMacCast)
RetroMacCast co-host John Leake has built a working, miniaturised replica of the original 1984 Mac.
It's strange to think that not even 30 years after the release of the original Macintosh computer — then the cutting edge of consumer computing — it's been vastly outstripped by a small device that you can fit in your pocket.
So why not make a working Mac out of today's gadgets — a tiny-sized one? RetroMacCast's John Leake has done precisely that, scaling the machine down to one third of its original size, just 11.5x8.1x9.2 centimetres (which is still a heck of a lot chunkier than an iPod).
He constructed its body out of white closed-cell PVC foam board called Sintra, using files and sandpaper to shape the bezels, and put in a 3.5-inch TFT LCD monitor.
A four-port USB hub is mounted inside the mini Mac, with two facing out and two in. The two inward-facing ports are used for a Wi-Fi dongle and a Bluetooth dongle, and a two-port, 2.4-amp USB charger sits on top to power the Raspberry Pi and the monitor. An Ethernet port allows it to be connected to the net via cable.